Church seeks dismissal in abuse lawsuit

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama says it cannot be held legally responsible for actions by a former employee that could not have been foreseen.

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The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

Joel Gregory’s rise to prominence in the Southern Baptist Convention was meteoric. His fall was just as spectacular — and painfully public. Now, though, the preacher says the trajectory offered him a measure of both grace and humanity.

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California Baptists expel ‘third way’ church

New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., teaches that Christians can agree to disagree on homosexuality in the same way that they hold different views on divorce and remarriage.

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New partnership pact means more funds for CBF of Virginia

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will expand its footprint in Virginia, a state with a high concentration of CBF churches but few local resources, under a new funding agreement with CBF national.

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Global Women head stepping down after eight years

After eight years, Global Women Executive Director Cindy Dawson says the time for new leadership has come for the woman-to-woman missions organization founded in 2001.

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Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz  music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)
Harp 46 leads a 2013 worship service. Band member April Stace Vega says jazz music in worship can transform musicians and worshipers alike. (Photo by Josh Hayden)

Seeking God through worship — and jazz

Jazz’s improvisational nature reflectes the free-flowing nature of the Holy Spirit, say advocates of using the musical form in worship.

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New CBF moderator takes up gavel, ‘grateful’ for group’s prayers

Kasey Jones is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s first moderator with no direct experience in the controversy that prompted the organization to separate from the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1990s.

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BGAV moves closer to far-reaching governance shift

A committee’s action revises governing documents in preparation for final consideration this fall.

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Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)
Brendan Gleeson stars in the film ‘Calvary.’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures photo)

Baptist film critics: Christian films and audiences must evolve

As Christian filmakers seek to grow markets and profits, observers say they must embrace difficult themes and subjects to succeed.

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Gushee urges CBF to reclaim lost ethical tradition

CBF theologian-in-residence David Gushee sees an opportunity to revive a social witness weakened by Southern Baptist Convention controversy in the last century.

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SBC leader says Islam driving force behind ISIL

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler is taking exception to President Obama’s assertion that ISIL is not an “Islamic” organization.

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Steve Powell looks over his church’s “Abundance Garden. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)
Steve Powell looks over his church’s “Abundance Garden. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)

For north Georgia church, a little soul but no blues

A church’s free meals make life bearable for the unemployed in Dalton, Ga.

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Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case about whether an IRS provision that allows churches to provide their ministers with a tax-free housing allowance instead of providing a parsonage violates the Constitution.

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Illuminated Bible to be featured in BTSR exhibit

The St. John’s Bible, a massive artistic undertaking, will spend October at the Virginia seminary.

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